Essential Elements of Art in Photography

Essential elements of art in photography

Image by Spencer Martinez

Essential elements of art in photography can make the difference between a snap shot and a work of art. This can be accomplished when adding two or more of the elements of art. The elements of art are leading lines, color, shape, form, texture and space. In this post we will be focusing on leading lines, color, texture and space. Read More…


Digital Infrared Photography

digital Infrared Photography

Image by Spencer Martinez

Digital infrared photography can produce some fun and exciting images that can take an ordinary scene and turn it into something interesting and spectacular. Digital infrared photography has many different uses like in the medical field, the military, astronomy, forensics, law enforcement and art, just to name a few. The images in this post were taken with a dedicated digital infrared camera. This Nikon 200 was professionally converted to an infrared camera. These image were captured on an excursion to Glen Rose, Texas in dinosaur valley. Read More…

Surreal Double Exposure in Camera

Surreal Double Exposure in Camera

Image by Spencer Martinez

Creating a surreal double exposure in camera can be done if your camera has the capabilities, if you know how to set the exposures and understand how to adjust the settings. The concept lies within shooting your first image, the subject in a silhouette while blowing out the background, then with the second exposure filling in the underexposed areas. To be successful with this process, you will need to step down one stop for each shot.

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Painting with Light Photography

Painting with Light Photography

Image by Spencer Martinez

Painting with Light is a fun techique that photographers use to illumnate the subject. This works best when it is dark. It is made by moving a light source over the subject while taking a long exposure image. A few ideas for  painting with light: Portraits, film, still life, and landscapes.
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Musicians Portraits

Musicians portraits are fun. However, be aware they might  have limited money to spend on professional images. But don’t worry this is a perfect opportunity to be creative, get some portfolio images and get some group shots. Plus they are easy to deal with. Typically, they will do just about anything for a group shot. All but one of these musician portraits were taken on location. I like location photoshoots because environment plays a big part with the overall composition.

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Zoo Life

Zoo life is a captivating way to get some cool images. Be sure to have a long lens handy. Might as well have a short one too, won’t hurt. Be aware of the zoo staff because they will be asking you who you are…..what you are doing. The zoo just wants to make sure you will not be selling your images of the animals. But once you have assured them no such thing will happen start shooting fast. The animals are most active in the morning. And at noon time they head for the shade and a nap.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to take another photography buddy with you to the zoo. It’s more fun when you have someone to else along for the ride.

Zoo life photography is an easy way to get some great images. Plus, it’s fun!

Go to the zoo and get some animal images.

Abstract Black and Whites

Abstract Black and White images!

Here are a couple of new abstract black and white images.  One is an interior and the other is an exterior. Just a brief post to demonstrate not all post have to be lengthy or too involved. i will post short ones and longer ones.

Grab your camera and search for abstract objects. Have fun!

42-Megapixel Camera

Sony’s new 42-megapixel full-frame sensor. Follow this link to read about the Sony A7R II and to learn more about this cool sensor.

The Hot Shoe Diaries

The Hot Shoe Diaries is an online digital publication that demonstrates the powerful and effective uses for TTL’s by photographer Joe McNally. This publication, as they say, is not a manual. Ok, that’s great! But it sure comes across like a manual. Each chapter, addresses an aspect of the techniques. To start off with, the equipment used is discussed and laid out very neatly. After that introduction, light is talked about extensively. However technical this may seem it is great information.578903_418451054871841_377305005_n And yes there is mention of a camera. And basic functions that you should understand. Flash concepts have to be mention because this is about light. The most accurate way to describe the use of light is how to bend it to your will. Oh, and don’t forget to apply the rules and most important once you know and understand the rules it’s time to break them. The magazine does do a great job at explaining lighting situations like how to light fences, or lighting in an arena, and how to incorporate natural light.

Follow the link to view the online publication.

the Hot Shoe DiariesAlso, visit Joe McNally’s website.

The image in this post is a long exposure, Spinning steal wool. There was no flash involved with this image.

Hot Shoe Diaries is a great publication. Take some time to thumb though because there is a lot of useful information.

Grab your camera, TTL and have fun!


Here are some portraits I like-but didn’t make it into my portfolio. They were all fun! All but one involved studio lights. Can you guess which one was not taken with studio lights?

One aspect that I enjoy is adding the element of the environment into my work.  This sometimes takes more effort to find a unique spot to do a shoot. Sometimes I have to ask for permission to do a photoshoot. Other times I just go for it and explain myself later.

Finding a good subject to photograph is a challenge.

Try photographing your subject with a TTL. You can get some great results if you can fire the flash from another spot besides on your hot-shoe

Joe McNally does some great things with a TTL. Visit his site at Joe McNally Photography

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